Cross-country skier killed by train in Cisco Grove |

Cross-country skier killed by train in Cisco Grove

A cross-country skier was struck and killed by an oncoming train Sunday afternoon, when a couple attempted to cross the railroad tracks near Cisco Grove.

Frank Edwin Olrich, 55, of Auburn, and his wife had cross-country skied from the Hampshire Rocks area to the Cisco Grove area of Placer County, crossed the westbound tracks and were on the Union Pacific eastbound tracks when they heard a train approaching, according to a press release issued on Feb. 14, by Sgt. Larry P. Webber, from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Olrich’s wife said she was able to climb the embankment to clear the tracks in time, but looked back to witness her husband slip and get hit by the on-coming train, Webber said. Olrich died on impact.

Donner Summit Fire Department patrol truck and ambulance crews arrived at Cisco Grove and were transported to the accident scene via a UP snowcat, said DSFD Duty Oficer Julie Wilcox in a press release issued Feb. 14.

Officer Bert Houser from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, who also responded to the incident, contacted the UP train personnel who had seen Olrich before the train hit him. According to UP personnel, the train crew blew the whistle and applied the brakes when Olrich was sighted, but was unable to stop in time. The accident is still under investigation by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division.

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